We're back in France, Lyon this time, and we're about to go on a progressive rock journey with an experienced quartet. Pleïad was formed in 2009 and has been writing solid rock songs ever since. They incorporated influences from bands like Anathema, Thrice and Biffy Clyro and blended it into very radio friendly but powerful pop rock. This aspect makes the music suited for live stages as well as in a quiet, cosy living room.
The main focus seems to be on writing well-varied songs loaded with personal emotions. Mainly in the vocals this emotional state shines through, often turning the songs into elaborate and almost epic stories. It's this perfect mix between instrumental, at times almost Pink Floyd-like passages with soft but powerful vocals that make songs like 'Disequilibrium' and 'Superego' world class material.
The vocals might take some getting used to, not because they're bad but because at a certain point they reach a poppy, almost sing-along like level. For die-hard rockers these vocals could sound a bit too goody-goody.
Yet, in all honesty, this really is an excellent album that has the power to put a smile on the face of many music lovers. Most of the songs are modern-day versions of beautiful classic rock ballads. Following almost similar patterns of quiet verses, heavier choruses and epic guitar solos, the eight songs on Lights in A Cave should be able to convince the old rocker as well as the young music fan who loves to discover new things.
And the metalhead? Well, if he's into progressive music on a decent technical level, he should give this band a chance. It's a nice addition to any collection where bands like Anathema, Biffy Clyro, Evergrey, Deep Purple, Dream Theater and Thrice are residents. I strongly believe even the metalhead will start singing along with the powerful choruses once in a while. So give this album a shot, I think you will surprised in a good way.